Philip has a Sony NEX-FS100 to play with "for a couple of days," and he's already posted a very initial impression and a slow-motion video:
After just 30 minutes of shooting with the FS100 it’s nothing like Nigel Cooper paints it as. It feels well made and the buttons are just fine!Today he went out shooting with three cameras; the Sony PMW-F3, Sony NEX-FS100 and Panasonic AG-AF100, and he's teased us with a 30 second clip, inviting people to guess which camera was used for which shot.
Yes, the form factor is different and it is missing some key features. The Hassleblad style is interesting.
Most interesting to me is the variety of guesses; I'm not sure what that says either about the cameras, or the people viewing the content! Take a look, and take a guess. [Wow! My guess was way off; admittedly I didn't download the uploaded file, I only looked at the web video.]
He's also posted a low light test with all three cameras and the 5D Mark II. If you want low light performance, it looks like you want to get one of the Sony's!
PhilipBloom: Sony FS100…just my first impressions
Vimeo: Which camera is which? F3, FS100, AF101
Vimeo: Brief Sony FS100 daytime snippet
Vimeo: Low light test: FS100 F3 AF101 5DmkII
Looking for a Shotgun Mic?
Chad Johnson has posted a comparison of the RODE VideoMic [$149.00], Sennheiser MKE400 [$199.95], RODE VideoMic Pro [$229.00] and QueAudio Micro Shotgun [QueAudio]. You can hear the sound quality of each and make your own decision. In addition to comparing the sound quality, he also tests side rejection.
Vimeo: Shootout of the Mini Shotguns!
Does It Make Sense to Buy Gear?
The excitement at NAB for the new "DSLR" killer cameras - the Sony NEX-FS100, Panasonic AG-AF100, etc., prompted Ron Dawson to write an interesting article on whether it makes sense to buy gear versus renting it.
But, there’s one thing about these cameras that I feel will still make the DSLRs a leader in the market: price. Most of them start at around $5,000 and go up from there. Now, don’t get me wrong. Relatively speaking, that’s still an amazing price given the quality and feature set. And I think for those studios doing high paying gigs on a REGULAR BASIS, they could be great investments.Don't be put off by the "Gear Lust" title, or even the introductory paragraphs, it's really a discussion of when it makes sense to spend money on gear, both from the perspective of what the usefulness of the gear is, as well as your financial situation and other options.
BladeRonner: Gear Lust – Does it Ever Make Sense to Buy?
The 20 Most Useless Degrees
The Daily Beast has put together a list of the 20 most useless degrees:
- 1: Journalism
- 4: Advertising
- 14: Photography
- 16: Art
TheDailyBeast: 20 Most Useless Degrees
- Firmware update to add color peaking to Sony NEX cameras? File this under a weird one, SonyAlphaRumors reports that "SilentMike" came across a document that describes the next NEX firmware update. It appears to list color peaking as a new feature, which is odd because that's usually considered a "pro" camera feature. SonyAlphaRumors: (SR5) Updated: Firmware update document for NEX leaked!
- Lenskirt Review. The Lenskirt is a small lens tent for reducing reflections when shooting through windows, and Ron Risman at Cameratown has reviewed it. "At a price of $49.95 I can't help to feel that it's overpriced by about $15, however for those that frequently shoot time-lapses through windows you'll find this to be the best $50 you spent in a while." Review Of The New LenSkirt
- Peter Mullen Interview. The Playlist interviews Actor, Director Peter Mullen about "autobiographical nature of the film, his inability to determine whether a project will be a success or not, and his flirtations with various high profile flims." ‘NEDS’ Director Peter Mullan Almost Helmed ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ (Until He Botched The Pitch)
- There may be shortages. Vincent Laforet offers a warning that some items may be in short supply due to the ongoing problems in Japan: Something to keep in mind re: Japan electronics – buy now while supplies last…
- Nikon D5100. Kai W. at DigitalRev.TV does a video review of the Nikon D5100. YouTube: Nikon D5100 Hands-on Review
- And if you're thinking of buying a D5100, here's some tips from Nikon on how to shoot movies with the camera: How to improve your movie expression
- Editing DSLR footage: Sean Bowers of NextWave DV walks through the workflow for editing DSLR footage in this 19 minute video. YouTube: HDSLR 101 Ep #11: Editing, Transcoding & Color Correcting your DSLR footage